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May 19, 2019

Peter Voss Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, ethics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Peter voss is a serial entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and a pioneer in artificial intelligence.

Peter started out in electronics engineering but quickly moved into software. After developing a comprehensive ERP software package, Peter took his first software company from a zero to 400-person IPO in seven years.

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May 19, 2019

Future of human population

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience

In 2018, researchers at the Biogerontology Research Foundation and the International Longevity Alliance submitted a joint proposal to the World Health Organization to re-classify aging as a disease. Months later, 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) officially introduced some aging-related conditions such as age-associated cognitive decline.

This matters because, for the first time in human history, the once natural process of aging is becoming recontextualized as a condition to be treated and prevented. This will gradually lead to pharmaceutical companies and governments redirecting funding to new drugs and therapies that not only extend human life expectancy but reverse the effects of aging entirely.

Thus far, people in developed nations have seen their average life expectancy rise from ~35 in 1820 to 80 in 2003. And with the advances you’re about to learn about, you’ll see how that progression will continue until 80 becomes the new 40. In fact, the first humans expected to live to 150 may have already been born.

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May 19, 2019

Urban Warfare Project

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

In the future, I can say with very high degrees of confidence, the American Army is probably going to be fighting in urban areas. We need to man, organize, train and equip the force for operations in urban areas, highly dense urban areas, and that’s a different construct. We’re not organized like that right now.

– Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army.

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May 19, 2019

Tomorrow The Definition of The Kilogram Will Change Forever. Here’s What That Really Means

Posted by in category: futurism

Finally, 130 years after it was established, the kilogram as we know it is about to be retired. But it’s not the end: tomorrow, 20 May 2019, a new definition will be put in place — one that’s far more accurate than anything we’ve had until now.

After the shift was unanimously voted in at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles at the end of last year, the change is now finally about to become official. Le kilogramme est mort, vive le kilogramme.

Most people don’t think about metrology — the science of measurement — as we go about our day. But it’s vastly important. It’s not just the system by which we measure the world; it’s also the system by which scientists conduct their observations.

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May 19, 2019

Initial results from the New Horizons exploration of 2014 MU69, a small Kuiper Belt object

Posted by in category: space

After flying past Pluto in 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft shifted course to encounter (486958) 2014 MU69, a much smaller body about 30 kilometers in diameter. MU69 is part of the Kuiper Belt, a collection of small icy bodies orbiting in the outer Solar System. Stern et al. present the initial results from the New Horizons flyby of MU69 on 1 January 2019. MU69 consists of two lobes that appear to have merged at low speed, producing a contact binary. This type of Kuiper Belt object is mostly undisturbed since the formation of the Solar System and so will preserve clues about that process.

Science, this issue p. eaaw9771.

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May 19, 2019

Science Fiction: The New Off-World Economy

Posted by in categories: economics, space travel

Space exploration isn’t just romance; it’s not even just to keep the human species from having all its eggs in one basket. It’s also there, Daniel Suarez suggest, to save our economies from the day the debt-bubble bursts.

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May 19, 2019

Quest for Immortality

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, robotics/AI

Besides biological immortality, there is also the possibility of digital immortality. The Human Connectome Project launched in 2010 aimed at mapping the entire human brain and to build its “network map” (connectome) to connect its structure to function and behaviour. Once the neural structure of the brain is completely deciphered, the mind can be uploaded into a computer that could control a robot that replicates a human in every respect.

The quest for eternal life is as old as humanity itself. “Grant us liberation from death for the sake of immortality, as the cucumber is severed from its bondage to the creeper”, runs one of the ancient Hindu prayers in the Mahamrityunjay, or the “great death-conquering” mantra. Death is the ultimate end, mysterious and terrible, against which even the strongest is powerless.

How to conquer death is a question every civilisation has tried to address. Myths have grown around immortal beings like gods in every culture, and of valiant but futile attempts of mortal men to attain immortality. But science may be closer to finding an answer to this ancient quest now more than ever before. In the early history of life, unicellular organisms like prokaryotes, protozoans and algae had ageless bodies and were immortal.

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May 19, 2019

Apollo 10 Gave NASA The Chutzpah To Meet JFK’s Lunar Challenge

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Despite nearly crashing its lander into the lunar surface, NASA’s Apollo 10 mission paved the way for Apollo 11’s historic landing.

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May 18, 2019

Coming Soon to your Dinner Table: swine fever smuggled Chinese pork?

Posted by in category: food

Zombie Pigs

In what is being called the largest agriculture seizure in US history, US authorities seized a million pounds of pork smuggled to a port in New Jersey from swine fever stricken China. RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca joins News.Views. Hughes with the details.

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May 18, 2019

Scientists Discover a New Way Volcanoes Form, Sheds Light on Bermuda’s Origins

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The ancient, now-dormant volcano on which the island of Bermuda sits formed in a completely unique way, scientists have discovered. The finding not only solves a long-standing mystery about the island’s volcanic origins, but it also describes a new way volcanoes form.

In studying a rock core sample taken from Bermuda, drilled from 1972, geoscientists have discovered the first direct evidence that material from deep within Earth’s mantle transition zone —a layer rich in water, crystals and melted rock — can percolate to the surface to form volcanoes.

Researchers have long known that volcanoes form when tectonic plates converge, or as a result of mantle plumes that rise from the core-mantle boundary to make hotspots at Earth’s crust.

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